San Bernardino Juvenile Dependency Attorneys

Our experienced dependency attorneys have developed a reputation in San Bernardino as zealous, aggressive advocates for our clients—a reputation that better allows us to deliver extraordinary victories to our clients undergoing the Dependency process.

Our San Bernardino Dependency Lawyer team approaches every dependency case with the same mindset: to fight for you and your family. We understand that any parent facing accusations of child abuse or neglect by the government is an overwhelming and frightening experience. Having handled over 150 dependency cases, our attorneys have the experience and skills to deliver you the best results possible in your dependency case. Let us fight for you and tell your story.

We also understand that time is of the essence. We offer 100% free consultations and will begin on your case right away. Unlike other firms, our case will not be handed down to a less experienced associate or paralegal. Our clients have 24/7 access to the Dependency / CPS Defense team. While our goals in every dependency case is the same, we know that the strategies involved to achieve those goals will vary depending on the allegations made by CPS or by social services. That is why it is important the attorney on your side is not only well-versed in the law, but also committed to you and your family.

What is a “dependency” case?

In California, a dependency case is created once a parent or legal guardian of a child is accused by the government of child abuse/neglect. These allegations typically arise after someone has witnessed what they believed was child abuse/neglect and report it to a government agency (i.e. 911, Department of Social Services, local police departments). Once reported, the Department of Social Services opens a formal investigation, sending social workers to the home of the child to determine the circumstances surrounding the alleged child abuse/neglect. These investigations will often include interviews with both parents (or guardian) and with the child.

Once the Department of Social Services in Riverside conducts their investigation, they will decide whether the child needs to be removed from the home, effectively making them a dependent of the court.

Can a dependency case be filed against me?

Under Welfare and Institutions Code 300, a child can be made a dependent of the court under any of the following circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • The child suffered serious physical harm or was/is at risk of suffering serious physical harm

  • The child suffered serious physical harm or illness, or there was substantial risk that the child suffered serious physical harm or illness, due to inadequate supervision or due to willful neglect to provide the child with food, clothing, shelter or medical treatment.

  • The child suffered, or is at risk of suffering, serious emotional damage due to lack of appropriate care from parents or guardian.

  • The child was, or is at risk of being sexually abused.

  • The parent/guardian knew the child was becoming sexually abused and failed to act to stop it.

  • The child under the age of five suffered severe physical abuse by either the parent/guardian or by any other person the parent knew or should have known was abusing the child.

  • The parent/guardian caused the death of another child through abuse or neglect.

  • The child was left alone without proper means of support.

What can happen to my child while dependency proceedings are going on?

While dependency proceedings are going on, where your child is situated depends on what the court believes is the best situation for the child. In certain cases, depending on the severity of the allegations against the parent/guardian, this could mean your child would be placed in a group home or foster care while proceedings are ongoing. In cases where the allegations are deemed less severe by the courts, your child could be allowed to live with a close family member. In other cases, your child may also be allowed to live in home with the parent and guardian— but will heavy supervision.

At Abuershaid Lee and Le, Trial Lawyers APC, the goal of our dependency/CPS defense attorney team in every one of our dependency cases is to fight to make sure the family unit is intact as much as possible.